good housekeeping

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

lay baby lay house

I mentioned this on instagram last week, but our house is in the current (June) issue of Good Housekeeping.  They reached out to me last fall, saying they were interested in featuring our house and wanted more pictures.  I told Chip about it and he said as politely as he could, “so you mean you would be featured as a good housekeeper?” which really means “that is not your strong point even though I love you.”  I am neat, yes, but polished and well dusted, no.  I laughed and tried to explain that it’s more lifestyle than actual cleaning (although there are some good cleaning tips in this issue – maybe I’ll take some notes!)

Regardless, they followed up and said they wanted to photograph the house and then wanted more photos so they could take styling notes and make plans.  At this point, I was certain they would back out.  Taking photos of my whole house at once is a big task, because I can’t possible get the whole thing looking nice at one time with a two and four year old about.  That just isn’t reality (for me).  I sent the photos, though, and they stuck with it.

lay baby lay house

It was really such a fun day.  They ended up coming on my birthday for the shoot, and Chip stayed home to help keep the girls contained (our house isn’t that big, so it’s not like we have an extra wing we can send them to, and it was the one day it snowed this winter!) and it was just a really fun day.  I loved watching their team in action.  I learned so much, and it was neat to watch a professional stylist (Sarah Richardson, no less!) arrange things in my space how she saw fit.  They were just all so kind and gave the girls all the attention in the world, which of course they loved, and they brought cupcakes, so it was just a magical day all around.

If you’re interested in seeing more of our home, go check it out!  It’s more glimpses than a complete entire picture, but maybe you’ll see more than I have shown on here.  I love our house, but I’ll be honest – it’s a small bungalow with a lot of flaws, and corners and spaces that aren’t quite done – but it’s humbling to see it featured in such a light!

Just for fun, here is a snap of Vivi and I from that morning, playing in a rare and very exciting Atlanta snowfall!  It was a really good birthday.


11 responses to “good housekeeping”

  1. Jen says:

    Just went to their website, your home looks so cheery and homey! Love the small details- the pillow prints and color in the living room, your geometric rugs, and your shelf of yellow glasses in the kitchen. Congratulations on the feature!

  2. Hannah says:

    Congrats on the feature! I’ll have to pick up that issue. This has nothing to do with GH but the boots you’re wearing in the last pick are so fantastic, would you mind sharing the source? 🙂

  3. Betsy Gordon says:

    Oh my goodness, Sarah Richardson styled for the photo shoot at your home? I think I would have been a little star struck. I’ve loved her work/style/shows for a long, long time.
    I can’t wait to see your home in Good housekeeping. How exciting, congrats!
    Betsy Gordon

  4. Joi says:

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to check it out. Very well deserved!

  5. Lyn says:

    I love Sarah Richardson. I wish they would bring her shows to HGTV in the USA. The spread was great and it was neat to see all your projects.

  6. Congrats! Looks beautiful, and with two little ones of my own at home, I’m blown away you could get the whole house clean!

  7. Kitty says:

    I loved the article. The house is like a burst of sunshine and a breath of fresh air- so welcoming!

  8. Coco says:

    Congratulations, what a birthday treat!!!

  9. Anna H. says:

    So excited for you, Joni!!! Can’t wait to see it!

  10. JanetB says:

    Great spread in GH! Joe and I are so proud of your work.

  11. Veronica Domurat says:

    Wow!! Congratulations!! I can’t believe that you have the awesome Sarah Richardson styling your home!!
    By the way I haven’t get your posts on my e-mail again do you know why?

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